Doctor Strange isn’t out in America for another two days, but it’s already been screening to New Zealander’s for the past week. I went and saw it the day after yesterday, leaving this review somewhere between old and new, depending on what time zone you’re reading this in. Strange, I know.
As much as I want to spoil this film, and rant about certain things, I will abstain from doing as such so you can enjoy the film with as many surprises as I was given. BUT I’ll give you a quick synopsis on what happens.
Doctor Steven Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) is an arrogant and cocky surgeon, like Tony Stark, but with a forced American accent. Who finds himself in a car crash, damaging his hands beyond repair and resulting in him not being able to perform surgery (if the film stopped there it would have made for a great drama). Strange then spends all his cash to find a cure, leading him to Tibet where he encounters ‘the ancient one’ (Tilda Swan) here he learns the power of magic and different dimensions. With a great supporting cast (Benedict Wong, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Rachel McAdams) and an even greater villain Kaecilius (Mads Mikelsen) the Sorceress Supreme must fight his way through both physical and mental obstacles to protect the world from the mystic arts.
Sweet, the boring part is over, let’s talk about the best part, the visuals. Go and see it in 3-D! I cannot sweat this enough! You have to see it in 3-D, I didn’t and I regret it. I’m the typical commoner who thinks 3-D is just some pitch to get an extra five dollars out of me, but this film is made for it. The visuals are breathtaking and stunning. As the Doctor embarks on his journey, traveling across dimensions, it will feel like you’re right there with him. If you loved the idea of the bending buildings in Inception this will blow your mind. In fact, they could have just made the film with no dialogue or story and just showed visuals and it still would have been just as good. In fact, you could get David Attenborough to narrate it and call it Universe, there’s a sales pitch for ya Marvel!
The casting pick was just right, Cumberbatch has a strange face, so it worked, also he’s a great actor, that’s actually probably why it worked. McAdams plays a great love interest in the film, and I look forward to seeing her character development, she fits the universe just right, there’s no dramatic love scenes that drag the movie on *cough* Natalie Portman *cough*. Ejiofor and Wong are fantastic at helping the main character develop which will leave you wanting more cheesier one liners. Tilda Swan, apart from the sparked outrage about her comic book character being Tibetan and causing controversy for all Social Justice Warriors who deemed it as unfavorable whitewashing, even though the studio decided not to choose an Asian actor as it could cause offense to the Chinese (One of Marvels biggest consumers) was actually amazing! She shone out above a lot of the other characters and really did make it spectacular, I want to talk about her character more, but I don’t want to spoil anything, so you’ll just have to take my word for it.
Although there aren’t many downsides to this film. As per usual, Marvel just wrecked perhaps one of best on-screen villains. YOU HAD HANNIBAL LECTER MARVEL, the amount of power and energy put into the role of Kaecilius by Mads Mikelsen was amazing, but there just wasn’t enough of him doing cool bad guy stuff. Sure he chopped a guy’s head off, but that was it. There was so much opportunity to show his full potential, I really wanted to hate him, but I just didn’t get to know him well enough, like all your villains, they just disappear before they’re even introduced. I hope Mikelsens character shows up in the future, I really do. He deserves it, and so do we.
All in all a great film, you don’t have to be a fan of superhero films to enjoy this one, take the trip, see it in 3-D, and forget all that you know.